Message from the Governor General Mary Simon on National Indigenous Peoples Day

OTTAWA, ON, June 21, 2023 – Canada’s story—our history—begins with Indigenous peoples. It begins with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, who have passed down their stories through the generations, for thousands of years. On National Indigenous Peoples Day, I want to celebrate the stories and history of Indigenous peoples, their joys and successes, the languages, identity and culture that are thriving. And I hope that you join me. For all Canadians, this is an act of reconciliation. How we learn about Indigenous peoples is up to each and every one of us. It can start with a simple act, such as going beyond the map to acknowledge the context of a place and the history of the people who have called this land home since time immemorial. Learn about Indigenous peoples past and present:…

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